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Tim Hinchey, CEO of USA Swimming, is one of several sports executives scheduled to testify before a House subcommittee on sexual abuse in Olympic sports.
According to the USA Today report, USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry, U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Taekwondo’s Steve McNally and the U.S. Center for Safe Sport CEO, Shellie Pfohl, will also testify. The hearing follows the coming forward of gymnasts who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Team USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, and builds upon the turmoil of sexual abuse in Olympic sports.
This past January, letters were sent by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Taekwondo, USOC, and Michigan State inquiring about their policies for handling sexual abuse.
Since then, the inquiry has expanded to all 48 national sport governing bodies.
While USA Gymnastics has had the spotlight on them due to the actions of Nassar, USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo have both come under scrutiny in the past. In 2010, USA Swimming and former CEO, Chuck Wielgus, came under fire for the organization’s lack of action in a sexual abuse scandal.
The 2010 scandal led USOC to create the Center for SafeSport.